Night Driving Glasses

Glasses For Night Driving

Clear and focused vision is a requirement for safe driving day or night. However, the ability to see clearly often decreases with less light. For those who have difficulty seeing in the dark, night driving may be challenging. One of the biggest issues that affect night driving is glare from headlights and traffic lights. Night driving glare can affect your color recognition, as well as your depth and peripheral vision. Trying to focus your vision when driving through bright or dim lights can cause your eyes to squint or become teary – which can affect how well you drive at night.

Other factors that can affect your vision while night driving include:

  • Night Blindness: This is a combination of vision problems that occur at night, such as difficulty adjusting to dim and bright lights.
  • Stare at devices with a glare or reflection without protecting your eyes
  • Astigmatism: This condition, where the cornea is irregularly shaped, causes blurry. Vision may worsen when driving at night or in low light conditions. Luckily, night driving after cataract surgery can improve since the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear, artificial lens
  • Cataracts: This condition causes clouding or blurry vision. Cataracts also cause light from traffic or headlights to dominate your field of vision and appear as a halo or glare.

What Is Night Blindness?

Night blindness, also called nyctalopia, is characterized by difficulty seeing in dim lighting or in the dark, particularly while driving. You may notice signs of night blindness when moving between light and dark spaces. For example, your eyes may take longer than expected to adjust after stepping into the sun from a dark room. You might also feel like your vision worsens after looking into bright lights, including headlights or streetlights. Factors that may affect night blindness are:

  • Cataracts: Cloudiness of the lens can cause blurriness and halos around traffic or streetlights.
  • Diabetes: High blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels in the retina, which may lead to difficulty adjusting vision in different light settings and poor night vision.
  • Vitamin Deficiency: Night vision problems can be a result of retinol (Vitamin A) deficiency in your diet.
  • Vitamin A helps to produce pigments that help your retina process images correctly.
  • LASIK Surgery: After undergoing LASIK surgery, some patients may develop complications, such as seeing halos around objects and glares when looking at bright or dim lights.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa: This is a genetic disorder that damages the retina and can cause vision loss. An early symptom of this is difficulty seeing at night.

How Night Driving Glasses Can Help

If you have difficulty seeing at night, anti-glare coating on your driving lenses can help combat glare and improve your vision. It’s important to note that there is a difference between nonprescription night glasses and glasses with anti-reflective coating. Read more about how the two compare below:

Night Driving Glasses

Night driving glasses have nonprescription yellow or amber-tinted lenses and can be purchased over the counter. Yellow tinted glasses for night driving help to filter out blue light, the light most likely to cause glare when it enters the eye. However, some studies have shown that since yellow lens glasses for night driving block light from entering your eye they can actually reduce visibility. Visual tests from these studies indicated that night glasses don’t improve night vision. In contrast, they may slightly worsen your night vision.

Anti-Reflective Coated Glasses

Anti-reflective (AR) coating can be added to your prescription glasses to help reduce glare and improve vision in the dark. Using anti-glare glasses for night driving can significantly reduce the reflection of light from your eyeglasses, giving you better visibility on the road. If you are having difficulty seeing in the dark and are nervous about driving, ask your eye doctor about anti-reflective glasses for night driving.

At Pearle Vision, we want you to have the best vision possible, day or night. Our eye doctors can help you get AR coated glasses for night driving. AR coating for night driving glasses can also help reduce the effects of night blindness. Whether you prefer large frames or cat-eye glasses, find the style you love with our broad collection of designer brands, such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Coach, Vogue and more. Find the perfect pair of prescription glasses for night driving with the help of our highly trained eye care experts and regain the confidence you need to get back on the road.

Our prescription night driving glasses use anti-reflective lenses to help reduce glare that can occur from bright lights outside. If you have a history of night blindness or have noticed symptoms in the past, consult with your doctor about whether this is the best solution for you. Our night driving glasses can:

  • Reduce glare by up to 78%
  • Offer UV protection
  • Be scratch resistant

5 Tips For Driving At Night

Here are other tips for driving long distances at night that may help improve your vision and visibility on the road:

  1. 1. Clean Your Eyeglasses
    Smudges on your glasses can increase glare, wipe them down before driving at night to help improve visibility.

  2. 2. Wipe Your Windshield
    Dirt and debris can make it difficult to see, make sure to clean your windshield both inside and out.

  3. 3. Routinely Change Your Windshield Wipers
    Dull windshield wipers can leave behind streaks that amplify glare. Make sure to replace them if you notice they’re leaving residue on your windshield.

  4. 4. Ensure Your Headlights Are Working
    Check your headlights before driving and wipe away any grime.

  5. 5. Regularly See Your Eye Doctor
    Changes to your eyesight are common over time. Annual eye exams can help keep your prescription updated and identify any changes in your vision early on.

With many types of anti-reflective lenses to choose from, our eye care experts can help you find the perfect pair for your night driving glasses. Arrange an appointment at your neighborhood Pearle Vision EyeCare Centre to update your prescription.


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